When I was a student, I devoted myself to performing musicals. I started performing English Rakugo in 2002, and since then I have performed Rakugo in English not only in Japan but also in foreign countries.(NY, SF, NZ) After performance, they felt much closer to the Japanese people. Because Rakugo stories tell about daily experiences for the Japanese people and humors. Humor is universal like sports and music. I think English rakugo can contribute to international understanding for world peace.